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Updated: May 14, 2019

It's Time to Ditch the iPads When Dining Out

child using ipad while dining out

The idea of a family dinner out at a restaurant sounds so appealing in theory. Eating out can be a way to celebrate a special occasion, to get in some quality time as a family, or to explore a new area when traveling. The reality of dining out with kids can often be very different though. Sometimes, they may struggle with sitting still and using indoor voices. Other times, you may find yourself doubling the server’s tip due to food thrown on the floor or shattered plates needing to be cleaned up. 

When a Child Refuses to Go to Time-Out

When a Child Refuses to Go to Time-Out

The way you manage a child who refuses to go to time-out depends on the age and size of your child. For children up to five or six, it is acceptable to pick them up and put them in time-out. Be careful not to hurt your child or yourself. If your child will not stay in time-out, hold the door closed from the outside. Some parents have to do this at first.

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Dividing Your Time Between Your Child and the New Baby

Dividing Your Time Between Your Child and the New Baby

In general, try to stick to activities and routines with your child similar to those you did before the baby arrived. Certainly you won't be able to do everything you did before or do it as much. But when you can't, try not to "blame" the baby—for instance, saying, "I can't because the baby needs…." Sometimes it will be unavoidable, of course.

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Updated: July 24, 2019

Children Spend Half of Their Time With Grandparents In Front of a Screen

A child playing on an ipad with her grandmother

Children under their grandparents’ care spend about half of that time on screens, according to a new study. The amount of screen time that grandparents’ allow exceeds the current recommendations by twofold. 

Researchers looked at how children aged two through seven spent their time with their grandparents. They found that grandparents who watched their grandchildren over a 40-hour time period allowed them about two hours of screen time. 

Updated: August 5, 2019

10 Back to School Traditions to Start With Your Family Now

Back to school traditions to start now

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a drag! Make it fun by incorporating fun memory-making ideas and traditions that you’ll want to carry on for years to come when the first day of school rolls around. 

Aside from just snapping a photo on the first day, there are a few ways that you can ensure your kids will actually look forward to going back to school for years to come with these traditions that they could one day pass on to their own children. 

The Value of Family Routines

The Value of Family Routines

One of the most valuable things you can do is to provide your children with a stable, nurturing environment. Children like security, and one of the ways they feel secure is to have things they can count on. It's not surprising that they like to read the same book over and over again and have the same bedtime routine. You can, as parents, give them many things they can count on.

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The Family That Plays Together

The Family That Plays Together

You will probably have an easy time remaining connected to your youngster if you genuinely enjoy the video games, skateboarding, carnivals, shopping malls, arcades, and movies that are the lifeblood of this age group. If you're willing to serve as cub scout leader, coach T-ball, or sponsor a club at your tween's school, you will have a positive mutual involvement that can help keep your relationship strong.

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Mother and Daughter: Talking Your Way Through Tenuous Times

Mother and Daughter: Talking Your Way Through Tenuous Times

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Here is a word of warning from a mother of four children. She advises not to talk in a way that will cause divisiveness among family members. This can interrupt the harmony and goodwill among the entire family unit. She is particularly careful not to discuss her beefs about one daughter with another, nor will she allow herself to carry tales from one to the other.

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Updated: November 19, 2020

Developing Emotional Literacy in Kids and How to Foster It Over Time

mom talking to crying daughter about emotional literacy

What is the biggest challenge your family faces? Financial challenges? Getting time together? The distraction of social media? Quarreling?

However, you answer that question, there is one root and one path to creating something different. Surprisingly, for many people, the root is our lack of emotional learning, our emotional ignorance. And the solution is developing our understanding of emotions or emotional literacy.

More: How to Determine Your Child's Love Language

Updated: June 26, 2019

Simplify Meal Time: Kid-Friendly Meals You Can Make in a Muffin Tin

make-ahead muffin tin meals

Kid-friendly meals that adults love too can seem like the Holy Grail of feeding a family. Either you find yourself eating mac and cheese and chicken fingers, or you end up making multiple meals customized to each person's age, taste, and dietary restrictions. While one-pot suppers and family crockpot meals are a great catch-all for some families, others need more individualized options that don't require a sink's worth of dishes and all the free hours you can muster.

Updated: July 21, 2022

15 Parental Control Apps to Track Kids' Phone Use and Screen Time

kids on phones

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Gone are the days when cell phones and tablets were for grown-ups. Now preschool-aged kiddos have access to mom and dad’s devices and elementary school-aged children have smartphones of their own. This makes the use of a parental control app, screen time management solutions, and apps to track kids’ phone use an absolute for 21st century parents.

The Combined Family

The Combined Family

You know the story (well, the myth) of the Brady Bunch: He's got a pack o' boys, she's got a pack o' girls, and together they have a big, fun, wacky family of love.

Give it up, and give it up now. You're being arrested for Brady Bunch-itis, illegal in all states, plus Canada. It's amazing to me how many people have internalized the Brady Bunch TV show and somehow think that their combined family is going to be like that.

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Family Stresses

Family Stresses

by William R. Beardslee, MD and Susan Linn, EdD

All families go through hard times. As parents, we may struggle to cope with stresses ranging from money worries and job changes to marital difficulties and illness. Talking with our children about these problems may seem like an insurmountable hurdle, but keeping silent may inadvertently cause them harm.

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by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Family Photos

Family Photos


Materials

  • Family photo albums

Directions

  1. Set aside a few hours one day to look through family photo albums with your child.
  2. You might look at photos of your wedding, of family vacations, of your child's toddler years, or of friends and relatives your child hasn't met.
  3. Looking at photos together and telling your child the "thousand words" behind each photo will help you give your child a sense of tradition and belonging.

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